Visit to Carisbrooke Priory

A small group of us had a very enjoyable lunch at The Priory in Carisbrooke on a rather warm sunny day.
We all sat down to lunch of home make quiche and salad, with the obligatory fresh cream cake, followed by coffee.

A talk was then give by one of the guides at the Priory on the history of the building and who had occupied it over the years. We sat in the drawing room in the Prior for our talk the Windows over looking the garden.
We then had a tour of the ‘Cells’ the nuns slept in, they were very small with just a bed, basin and a small chest of draws, very cold looking and not at all welcoming.
Next we went in to the chapel they would have prayed in. Beautiful carved chairs and alter were very effective.
Then we had a walk around the gardens. Unfortunately they have been let go over the years, but you could image the magnificent display of shrubs roses and climbers they must have shown in there hey day.
A super day out, and well worth a second visit, even if it was just for the lunch.

Report by Ann Parker